The Money Men Who Enabled Adam Neumann and the WeWork Debacle
A host of veteran executives and financiers helped fuel WeWork’s spectacular rise and fall, pouring in capital while ceding control to its founder, despite mounting problems.
Here is our big longread tale of acquiescence on WeWork's financial enablers: the board and the bankers
Bankers, venture capitalists and investors poured cash…
// Several times in this article the ire is directed at Silicon Valley, yet nearly all of the parties AND the company are in NYC. The SV people seemed to be the ones trying to put the brakes on.
"Little of WeWork’s trajectory would have been possible w/o the collection of veteran executives & financiers from the upper echelons of Wall Street & SV who enabled a charismatic 40-year-old with little prior business experience"
This slide from Goldman’s IPO pitch to WeWork belongs in a museum. This and much more in a long-read from
for folks who just cannot get enough of this show
The Wall Street Journal
Bankers, venture capitalists and investors poured cash on WeWork's business bonfire. These are the enablers behind the company's spectacular fall.
The definition of founder fever: "Many were skeptical of the business, but they loved Mr. Neumann." Love this piece
At an executive retreat in Montauk on Long Island, Mr. Neumann once raised a glass in a toast “to nepotism,” attendees said.
Bankers, venture capitalists and investors poured cash on WeWork’s business bonfire. These are the enablers behind the company’s spectacular fall.
Much has been written about WeWork but when you peel it all back, the root causes are actually pretty simple as laid out in this great WSJ piece today - Value destruction in VC: a play in 5 acts
Always the enablers, emphasis men, from Benchmark to JP Morgan who let this obvious circus bang on: The Money Men Who Enabled Adam Neumann and the WeWork Debacle - WSJ
Roger C. Schonfeld
WeWork is a case study in a board's complete abdication of governance responsibility.
Jeremy Liew, Partner at Lightspeed
projected profit (purple) within one to two years in each of 2015, 2016 and 2017. Instead, actual profit (yellow) worsened each year.
too bad there were no red flags
This movies is going to be epic: SoftBank & Masa, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan & Jamie Dimon, Benchmark. My goodness.
pretty wild to see T Rowe Price -- a lead WeWork investor in 2014, at $5b valuation -- come out and say that by 2017 and 2019 they were trying to sell as much as they could this and much more in this banger from
It's admittedly easy to pile-on in retrospect, but it's amazing how many of the top investment firms (e.g. Goldman Sachs) were so bad at their job. Even making a halfway-intelligent PowerPoint seems to have been beyond them.